The decision comes as little surprise after Gonzalez missed four kicks -- two extra-point tries and two field-goal attempts -- during the Browns' 21-18 loss to the Saints on Sunday. After a shaky rookie season in which he converted on only 75 percent of his tries from the field, Gonzalez had entered the 2018 campaign with little margin of error and squandered any job security he held in two weeks. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, veteran kickers Blair Walsh and Cairo Santos have scheduled workouts Monday with the Browns. Cleveland could audition additional kickers in the next day or two before likely settling on an option for Week 3.
Gonzalez missed two of four field goals and two extra-point attempts during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Saints.
The Browns may be in the market for a new kicker after Gonzalez kicked away Cleveland's first win in over a year. The second-year kicker missed an extra point to give the Browns a lead with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, only to miss a game-tying 52-yarder with 18 seconds left. He also missed a field goal in overtime in Week 1. Gonzalez dealt with his fair share of struggles in 2017 and doesn't seem to have made any improvements in the offseason, leaving one to wonder if he's kicked his final game as a member of the Browns.
Gonzalez was beaten in a kicking drill by Ross Martin on Sunday, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Gonzalez, the Browns incumbent kicker, has performed well in the preseason but was bested on Sunday. Each kicker had five field goal attempts, one each from 34, 38, 40, 45, and 53 yards. Gonzalez went 3-of-5, missing from 34 and 53 yards out, while Ross Martin went 4-of-5, missing from 38. Despite the outcome of the kicking battle, Gonzalez is coming off a preseason game that saw him hit a 54-yard field goal and he's still the favorite to be the Browns' kicker come Week 1.
Head coach Hue Jackson dubbed Gonazlez's 54-yard field goal against the Eagles "impressive" Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Gonzalez continues to distance himself from fellow kicker Ross Martin in the battle for the Browns' starting kicker job. The 23-year-old was called upon for Cleveland's only field goal attempt against the Eagles, and accounted for the team's only offensive points by nailing the distant 54-yard attempt. A seventh-round pick last year, Gonzalez seems the favorite kicker to start Week 1.
Gonzalez is currently competing with fellow kicker Ross Martin for the starting job, and the two had a kicking competition during Monday's practice. Gonzalez went 5-for-5 on his kicks, while Martin missed two that hit each upright. Head coach Hue Jackson took the competition very seriously, saying while game performance is what matters, performance in practice is an indicator of what could happen in a game.
|4||9/30/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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